The first meeting of the new year will be January 17 at the Dublin Public Library. Topic to be decided soon!
The annual extravaganza, iced out last year returns! Come back in a week or two to get more info!
The November meeting is on the 19th at the Dublin Public Library. We will have Eric Swope speaking about stream and river restoration in the Keene area. We will also discuss the Christmas Party, what the chapter would like to set as goals and what some of our future plans are. If you are a tyer, please consider tying some up for us! We would like to renew the fly raffle at the regular meetings, but we need something to raffle! Any ideas for the chapter please feel free to email Mike Elkavitch, the current President at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see as many of you as possible!
The October 15th meeting was terrific, and the only disappointment was that most of you weren't there. Lots to do in the fall season, but you missed a presentation from our Trout Camper, who landed a 4.5 lb. brookie - the largest fish of the week!
Forrest Barwood came to the DPL to show us what his Trout Camp experience was all about. He had a video from Chronicle, in which he was the star. He had also put together an excellent slideshow from his experience in Pittsburgh, NH.
Forrest, one of eight students chosen by application for TU's NH Trout Camp, was up north on the Upper Connecticut from July 13th to July 17th. "It was the best time I had all summer," he said.
In the 1st day, he had casting practice, learned about culverts, planted trees along an organic farm on Indian Stream, electroshocked fish, identified bugs, and spent four hours on the river. Whew. He says river time was mostly flicking terrestrials with a nymph dropper and high sticking. At the end of the day, he appreciated a warm meal and also reported that the food was wholesome and good.
On his 2nd full day, Forrest learned how to tie a wooly bugger, had instruction on reading the river, and went fishing!
Day 3 included learning knots and more complicated casts, including the double haul.He also learned tips about matching the hatch with what's in your fly box, choosing a rod flex, and ... more fishing!
It was here, on day three, that Forrest landed the whopper. Pat, the most productive guide at the camp, wanted to guide Forrest on the final day because his netted returns did not (at that point) equal his effort. Pat and Forrest spent over 4 hours fishing the "Judge and Jury" pool on the Upper Connecticut. They were stalking the big one, and had to change from 5x to 6x tippet. Pat was carefully watching Forrest's rig and finally, late in the afternoon, said "now!" Forrest lifted his guide-tied egg pattern and felt the heavy fish, which began to cruise about like the submarine that it was. In the end, they were too busy landing the fish (which did not fit in the net) to take a picture. However, the image is etched in Forrest's memory and he cannot wait to get back on the river. Thus, next April, he'll be eager to join us on the Sugar River - with his L.L. Bean 6 wt., a keepsake from Trout Camp.
The Peterborough Town Library will host expert fly fisherman Jim Graney on April 9. Graney, a Brookline resident, will discuss tips and tricks of fly fishing. The program is free and open to the public. it will begin at 7 p.m. in the Library's Meeting Hall. Contact the library at 924-8040 for more information.